Monkey Bay © Stefan Kraft
A small port town on the southern end of Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay (Lusumbwe) is probably Malawi's best-known resort area. Despite this, the facilities are minimal, with only a handful of shops, markets and banking amenities catering to tourists. Popular with tourists headed to Cape Maclear, Monkey Bay offers sandy beaches with some diving opportunities, and there are a few diving schools available. Other popular activities in Monkey Bay include kayaking and cruises to Cape Maclear and Liwonde National Park. Of course, the bay gets its name from the large monkey population in the area, and spotting them can be great fun.